Muslim women elected to Congress for the first time in history

Ilhan Omar

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Americans created history on Tuesday when they elected two Muslim women - Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib - to Congress.

The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's nominee, Omar, won fifth congressional district, replacing the first Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison, who vacated his seat to run in the state's attorney general race.

Omar, the first Somali-American Muslim to be elected to the Minnesota legislature or any elected office in the United States, is also part of a historic wave of women looking to clinch higher. "Because this is about electing the jury to impeach @POTUS and I will make a heck of juror", Tlaib said in a tweet aimed at U.S. President Donald Trump.

"I made a decision to run because I was one of many people I knew who really wanted to demonstrate what representative democracies are supposed to be", she said.

Ilhan Omar won the U.S. House race in the 5th Congressional District.

Like Omar, she blazed a trail through MI politics, becoming the first Muslim woman to serve in the MI state legislature in 2008.

She spent four years in a refugee camp before coming to the United States at age 12.

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Rashida Tlaib is the Detroit-born daughter of Palestinian immigrants - the eldest of 14 children.

In August, she emerged as the victor of a Democratic primary for a seat vacated by John Conyers, a longtime liberal lion who stepped down in December amid sexual harassment allegations and failing health.

She is not only the second Muslim women elected in Congress but also the first Somali-American.

Ocasio-Cortez easily won election in her district which spans parts of the NY boroughs of Queens and the Bronx.

US Muslim civil rights groups say a lot of anti-Muslim rhetoric comes from the media, as well as the country's political establishment.

She campaigned on a platform calling for free tuition and promising to fight to expand Medicare coverage to all Americans. She has a bachelor's degree in politics from North Dakota State University and has also studied public affairs.

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